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iPhone vs RAZR2

Updated on August 16, 2013

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You've heard it said - "you can never be too thin or too rich". Maybe in the case of Motorola RAZR phones you could even add "you can never be too colorful". That's train of thought that gave rise to the unforgettable Motorola RAZR cell phone. Not to tiny, but oh so thin. They are sleek, high tech clamshells made of stainless steel. Even the keys are like chic works of art - so flat and cool looking. Remember having RAZR envy- before the iPhone came along?

Well, then came the iPhone. I guess in that case "it sure didn't hurt to be too rich". Suddenly all other cell phones paled in its presence, right? What could possibly compare with the style and flair of the iPhone?

Before you become too dazzled, Motorola has introduced 3 new versions of the beloved RAZR-now dubbed the RAZR2, the V8, V9 and the V9m. Each one still sleek, thin and beautiful but each one upgraded to appeal to our heightened cell phone senses.

Without stating the obvious, these new devices make great phone calls. A new technology called "Crystal Talk" adjusts the RAZR2 to account for ambient noises. Now the calls are clearer and can be heard better.

The external display has been enlarged to 2 inches. Not only that, but now it performs double duty. Not exactly a touch screen, but, the external music control buttons are activated through the external display. You know that you've made contact when there is a slight vibration. .

All features are not necessarily found on each of the RAZR2 versions, but I wanted to let you know about some of the available features.

  • Full Duplex Speaker Phone
  • Speaker Independent Voice Dial
  • Conference Calling
  • Picture Caller ID
  • The RAZR2 talks - listen to your text messages, caller ID and menus

  • External 2 inch tactile LCD display
  • Internal 2.2 inch LCD display with twice the resolution of earlier RAZR versions

  • The 2 megapixel cameras have a 4, 6 or 8 multi-shot function
  • Video for up to 120 minutes
  • Email or message your photos to others
  • Print your pictures out via Bluetooth on Bluetooth enabled devices

  • Text - SMS - (Short Message Service) text messages of 160 or less characters
  • MMS - (Multi-Media Message Service) attach photos, videos, audio, rich text
  • EMS - (Enhanced Messaging Service) attached photos for example
  • Video Blog - (vlog) embedded video and links

  • Linux and Java Based OS
  • HTML Browser
  • Opera 8.5
  • BREW
  • J2ME

  • GPS

Each version has some unique features that may way sway you to choose one to call your own.

RAZR2 - V8

  • 2.5 G
  • Linux and Java based OS
  • Opera 8.5 browser
  • Bluetooth
  • 420 MB or 2GB internal storage
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • 8+ hours talk time-11+ days standby
  • 4.1 x 2.1 x .05

RAZR2 - V9

  • AT&T
  • 3G
  • HDSPA 3.6 (data) High Speed Downlink Packet Access
  • GSM - (Global Systems for Mobile Communications)
  • WCDMA - (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access)
  • 2 megapixel camera w/ 8x digital zoom
  • MicroSD slot
  • Voice recognition
  • See What I See - (streaming video during a call)
  • 4.06 x 2.09 x 0.53
  • Talk time 3 hours, longer in GSM mode - 12+ days stand by
  • 45 MB built-in flash memory (shared)
  • flight mode
  • changeable display graphics
  • 8.5 Opera browser
  • email, mms, text
  • up to 2GB memory card slot

RAZR2 - V9m

  • Carrier: Version
  • EV-DO (data) -( Evolution Data Only/Evolution Data Optimized) - fast wireless Broadband for cell phones
  • CDMA - (Code Division multiple access) - multiple users are on different code sequences. The code has a higher bandwidth than the data.
  • microSD slot
  • micro USB
  • Bluetooth
  • email, text, MMS, EMS
  • flight mode
  • hearing aide compatible
  • GPS
  • 65MB internal flash memory (shared)
  • 4.06 x 2.10 x 0.47

Do you think that the RAZR2 is an iPhone killer? Personally, I do not see it.

I agree that the RAZR2 has some pretty impressive features - especially the v9M, but the cool factor of the iPhone is missing. The design of the RAZR2 is a bit smaller than the original but that aside, we have all seen it before.

The iPhone missed the mark with the 2.5G instead of 3G - but for most users that has not been a deal breaker.

The RAZR2's "ease of use" factor cannot compare to the iPhone. Even with the onscreen keyboard, the iPhone is very intuitive. The display is 3.5 inches - large enough to see most anything well whether it is a photo, a video or the keyboard. The much smaller 2.2 display on the RAZR2 is not touch sensitive so anyone wanting to use the multimedia features are at a disadvantage.

It is possible that the Linux OS will appeal to a large group of tech minded users. Reportedly there will be many new applications written for the RAZOR2 which is very exciting. This will be somewhat a new experience and it will be interesting to see what comes of it.

One advantage that the Motorola RAZR2 will enjoy is that it will most likely be available through several carriers. The iPhone can only be purchased through AT&T. Since the RAZR2 it touted to be so far advanced from its predecessor there will be a lot of upgrades from existing users.

I guess time will tell - but my guess is that the iPhone will continue to be the talk of the town long after the RAZR2 makes its splash.


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      Not a fan 9 years ago

      Hype-wise, sure the iPhone's the big fad of the day. Why? Cuz iPod was the big fad of the day. Cuz Apple knows how to sucker people. Cuz the flim flam of a big touchscreen bedazzles the best of us. However, for any conscious-minded consumer, you have way more bad to look at from the iPhone especially comparing it to RAZRs.

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      daniel 10 years ago

      i have the razor2 yes i like more iphone but i live in mexico so iphone its not still there:(

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      mobile phone gal 10 years ago

      I think the hype of the iPhone will outrun any other phone for a while but fortunately as a species there is always room for personal choice

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      ink 10 years ago

      I suspect anyone wanting a cool gadget will go for the iPhone unless they don't want AT&T.

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      Sindicut 10 years ago

      I think they are to wide for your hand..

      I like the phone itself, but it is kind of uncomfortable.